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Nearly a million people lose power in Michigan after high winds

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By Michelle Boncardo

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Strong winds that topped over 60 mph in several Great Lakes states on Wednesday caused almost a million people to be without power in Michigan, the state’s utilities said.

“We have crews working around the clock in difficult weather conditions,” said Guy Packard, vice president of energy operations for one of those electricity providers, Consumers Energy. “With the rough weather continuing, we expect this to be a multi-day restoration effort.”

He added: “As we work to restore power as quickly as possible, the safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. We thank our customers for their patience as we commit to working 24/7 until our final customers have their energy restored.”

Along with Consumers Energy, which had more than 290,000 people impacted by the heavy winds, DTE Energy was also heavily affected, with more than 700,000 of its customers without power.

In a press release, DTE Energy said it was the “largest weather event in its history.”

“The priority of our crew is to first eliminate downed power lines to ensure the safety of the public,” the release said.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/8/17

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By Michelle Boncardo

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Arizona 10, Mexico 4
Colombia 9, Tampa Bay 7
Minnesota 3, U.S. 2
N.-Y. Yankees 10, Canada 4
Houston 12, N.-Y. Mets 2
Dominican Republic 10, Pittsburgh 6
N.-Y. Mets 8, Boston 7
Milwaukee 5, Chi. White Sox 4
Venezuela 11, KC 0
Oakland 7, Italy 0
L.-A. Angels 9, Cincinnati 0
San Francisco 6, Puerto Rico 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 14, Seattle 6
Baltimore 6, Toronto 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 3, Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 9, Washington 2
Milwaukee 7, L.-A. Dodgers 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Orlando 98, Chicago 91
Atlanta 110, Brooklyn 105
Miami 108, Charlotte 101
Milwaukee 104, New York 93
Toronto 94, New Orleans 87
Utah 115, Houston 108
L.-A. Clippers 107, Minnesota 91
Indiana 115, Detroit 98
Sacramento 114, San Antonio 104
Washington 123, Denver 113
Boston 99, Golden State 86

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 6, Detroit 1
Ottawa 5, Dallas 2
Pittsburgh 7, Winnipeg 4

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(14) Duke 79, Clemson 72/Duke advances to quarterfinals of ACC tournament
(21) Virginia 75, Pittsburgh 63

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First footage of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" shown at Disney annual meeting

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By Stephen Iervolino

Lucasfilm/Disney(DENVER) — Walt Disney Company shareholders who attended the company’s annual meeting on Wednesday in Denver got more than they bargained for. In addition to word about the company’s revenue and strategic plans, attendees got the first public peek at footage from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller was at the meeting and described footage that begins right where the last Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, left off — with Daisy Ridley’s Rey finding her way to a long-missing Luke Skywalker.

“Who are you?” Skywalker asks. According to Miller, the footage also included Rey displaying her lightsaber skills; epic shots of mountains, oceans and forests; and appearances from Finn, Chewbacca and the late Carrie Fisher’s Leia.

According to the paper, at the meeting, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger called the movie, “a perfect chapter in the iconic Skywalker family drama.” He also paused to remember Fisher saying, “We all miss her. She has great talent and wit. We’re proud that this movie coming up is part of her legacy.

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Josh Turner to take fans to the "Deep South" with first new album in five years

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By Music News Group

MCA NashvilleWhen Josh Turner releases his highly-anticipated album on Friday, he wants folks to know he’s been working on the project awhile.

“This whole record has been a long time in the making. I started writing for this record in January of 2013. It’s been a lot of challenges, a lot of hurdles to jump and it’s all finally starting to click,” Josh says.

Deep South will be the Grand Ole Opry hitmaker’s first album in five years, which is an eternity in entertainment time.

“And, no, I have not been gone I’ve been working my butt off this whole time. It’s just funny, like, when things aren’t always going the way you planned people think well where’s Josh? Is he on an extended vacation? Is he hanging out in Fiji somewhere?” Josh laughed. “you know it’s like no, not really.”

The first single, “Hometown Girl,” from Deep South is currently at #12 on the Country Airplay Chart.

“I mean, the fans are really loving this song, it’s fun to listen to. The first time I ever heard it I knew it had the makings of a hit so I’m glad that I was right” Josh says proudly.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton‘s childhood home is for sale. The Singer’s mom, Dorothy, has put the ranch-style house located in Ad, Oklahoma on the market for $250,000. See it for yourself in the listing at Realtor.com

As a Grammy-winning duo, husband and wife Joey + Rory released a handful of heartfelt country and gospel albums. Now, Joey Feek will make her solo country debut, just over a year after her death at age 40 from stage 4 cervical cancer. On April 7, Gaither Music Group will release If Not for You, a traditional country LP the late singer actually recorded in 2005.

Newcomer Brett Young has topped Vevo’s Country Chart with “In Case You Didn’t Know” for the third consecutive week. The song’s video was filmed at The Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga and chronicles Brett as he makes his way to the stage for an intimate performance.

Tonight’s Opry Country Classics will shine an artist spotlight on prime country hitmaker Steve Wariner. Others scheduled to perform on the legendary stage are Larry Gatlin, Chris Janson, Jeannie Seely and Amber Digby.

Speaking of the Opry: it’s newest member, Crystal Gayle, recently talked songwriting on AXS TV’s The Big Interview with Dan Rather.

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